Oddisee is the frontman of sorts for the D.C. rap group Diamond District, which I only discovered last year through their timely second album March on Washington. March was one of the best rap albums of the year, and Oddisee was the most exciting voice on the album, so it’s no surprise that The Good Fight carries over March‘s socially conscious torch. But where March had space for some anger, Good Fight is actually pretty chill, from Oddisee’s relaxed flow to the silky funk beats. Album opener “That’s Love” is the soulful climax, but in a genre that takes hits for its often morally dubious subject matter, each track carries some significance beyond its run time.
Quicker listen: If you’re tired of rap records failing to address the real world, Oddisee makes music for you.